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The GENI-us Letter

Top Renewable Stories of 2006
International Grid Projects Accelerate
— and It's Not Fast Enough!

Dear GENI Friend,

"Solar cell breaks the 40% efficiency barrier" , "Australia to build a 154 megawatt solar plant" , "Wind power installations have a record year" , "Virgin Group pledges $3 Billion to renewable energy" , "Wal Mart pledges to sell 100 million compact flourescent bulbs."

These are just a few of the headlines that summarize the continued growth of renewables around the world. Yet globally, solar, wind and geothermal remain less than 2% of global power production. The trend is positive and it's not fast enough!

Buried in the back pages newspapers and magazines are stories that reveal similar excitement in linking power grids between nations. In the past month, reports on international interties are seen between Thailand and Laos, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, South Africa and Botswana, and Belarus and the Ukraine. Many of these are developing nations, and after years of study, these countries now realize the mutual benefits of cross-border electrical trade. The trend is again positive — and not fast enough! Dozens of nations remain isolated, often in the dark — like energy islands.

You are the hub of your own network — of business associates, friends and e-mail groups. What's wanted and needed is to accelerate these positive trends and create a surge of clean development. The challenges of climate change and global poverty requires us to go beyond these good deeds. What if all nations cooperated in the development of abundant renewable resources, and then traded that clean energy across borders? Let's celebrate what's working — and do it even faster.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


p.s. The GENI web site has a growing "Library of International Transmission and Renewable Energy Projects" that can be duplicated on every continent. Please share the good news and press your own contacts to speed the process.

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The Global Energy Network Institute focuses on the interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources. This strategy is the highest priority of the World Game simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller three decades ago.

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